Omniplex Sunderland

4 Lambton Street,
Sunderland, SR1 1TP

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Operated by: Omniplex Cinemas

Previously operated by: Empire Cinemas UK

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Cineworld Cinema - Sunderland, Empire Sunderland

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Omniplex Sunderland

Built on part of the site of Black’s Theatre Royal (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures), which had its entrance on Bedford Street. The Limelight Entertainment Complex (by 2023 renamed Sunniside Leisure) opened as 12-screen Cineworld on 25th November 2004. It has two sets of entrances, one on Lambton Street, the other on Bedford Street. It was purchased by Empire Cinemas UK in March 2006 and re-branded Empire.

Seating capacities in the screens range from 270, down to 101. Four of the screens have VIP Boxes which seat 8 to 12 persons. It was closed on 6th July 2023 due to Empire Cinemas UK entering into administration. In March 2024 it was announced that the Empire Sunderland has been taken over by Irish based Omniplex Cinema, and was renovated. It reopened on 10th May 2024.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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skl1983 on March 20, 2023 at 5:53 pm

Concession remodel and refurbishment which consisted of the removal and replacement of the complete concession stands and the full redecoration and alteration of the entrance lobbies since opening as Cineworld.

FB on July 7, 2023 at 6:13 am

Now closed due to Empire entering administration as of yesterday.

Biffaskin on December 10, 2023 at 9:24 am

The complex was renamed Sunniside Leisure at some point.

Biffaskin on March 12, 2024 at 11:18 am

Announced today that Omniplex are to tr=open the complex after agreeing a lease with the Council owners. Refurbishment prior to opening will take up to 18 months though! Omniplex Cinemas Group is an Ireland based operator with the director being Paul John Anderson. There will be 12 screens as before, with up to 30 jobs created once opened again.

greywer on May 9, 2024 at 5:18 am

Omniplex has just announced that this cinema will reopen tomorrow: Friday, 10th May 2024.

Forty jobs have been created with the return of the cinema and Omniplex Cinemas has set aside an investment fund for modernisation and improvements over the next 12 months.

Renovations will see the installation of luxury Recline seating and sofa beds in screens and new food and beverage options in the lobby.

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